National pay negotiations

2021/22 pay award

The pay negotiation process for 2021/22 has now concluded. The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has advised employers that they should implement the pay uplifts offered with effect from 1 August 2021.

All non-clincial staff will receive a pay increase of at least 1.5%. Higher percentage uplifts will be made to the pay points below national spine point 22 (at the University this is staff employed on or below Grade 5 point 1 and Grade 4 point 6). The University’s lowest scale point will be uplifted by 2.45%, taking the annual salary to £20,047.

More information on the University’s pay structures can be found on the HR Support website.

We are aware that the trade unions who participate in the national pay negotiations have rejected the offer. Further to the dispute resolution process, we are following guidance issued by UCEA to implement the pay award in the interests of ensuring colleagues receive the pay offer as quickly as possible. The pay uplifts will be implemented in the September payroll and backdated to 1 August.

UCEA conducts collective pay negotiations with the five HE trade unions - UCU, UNISON, Unite, EIS and GMB - on behalf of a significant number of UK HE institutions. This is done through the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES). UCEA member institutions decide individually whether they will participate in each negotiating round to address the uplift to be applied to the national pay spine. The negotiations take place annually, between March and May with dispute resolution meetings held in July if necessary

The University remains committed to the national bargaining arrangements via New JNCHES and is committed to constructive dialogue with the trade unions. Once agreed for implementation the University applies the pay award to all staff on non-clinical grades

Further information is available from UCEA.